Accession to NATO was one of Ukraine coup goals - Russian MP

The chairman of the Russian State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee, Alexei Pushkov, believes that a key goal of the "pseudo-revolution" that was staged in Ukraine was to promote the country's accession to NATO.

Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, earlier registered a bill that amends several national security laws and proposes abandoning the country's non-bloc policy and proclaiming its course toward accession to NATO.

"This bill does not surprise me at all. This was their goal. The crowd on the Maidan was shot at for the sake of this. Snipers hired by the opposition killed protesters for the sake of this. This was a key goal of this entire pseudo-revolution, which, in effect, was nothing other than a rather messy seizure of power," Pushkov told Interfax on Wednesday, when commenting on the document.

The proposed bill amends Ukraine's laws on national security and domestic and foreign policy, proclaiming integration into Euro-Atlantic organizations and accession to NATO as a strategy of Ukraine's foreign policy.

The Ukrainian parliament said on its website that this bill had been submitted by Batkivshchyna faction MPs Borys Tarasyuk, Valentyn Korolyuk and Oleksandr Chornovolenko on Tuesday.

An explanatory note to the document says that "the 2010 declaration of Ukraine as a non-bloc state failed to help strengthen Ukraine's security, but, instead, weakened the defense potential and the level of national security of Ukraine."

These parliamentarians are convinced that "the adoption of this bill will help bolster cooperation between Ukraine and NATO and will allow Ukraine to further enhance its national security."

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